Each week Elma and I give you 5 opinionated but culturally relevant choices, based on our experience of curating smart sticky stuff for Ovation, Trio, Bravo, A&E, Sundance, Fuse, and others.
Director Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick set in downtown New York in 1900, centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Premieres August 8 on Cinemax
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Director, Paul Thomas Anderson. A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Once Upon a Time In America
Director, Sergio Leone. A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
The Skin I Live In
Director, Pedro Almodovar. A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Series: ER (1994 – 2009).
The work and lives of a group of emergency room doctors in Chicago. The show ran for 15 seasons with a total of 331 episodes, becoming the longest-running primetime medical drama in American Television history.
Gangs of New York
Director, Martin Scorcesse. 1863. America was born in the streets. In this movie, we see Amsterdam Vallon returning to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin Bill the Butcher who murdered his father years ago. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area. However this is more said than done.
Documentary. Autopsy 2002
Gunther von Hagens performed the first public autopsy in the UK in 170 years, to a sell-out audience of 500 people in a London theatre. Prior to performing the autopsy, von Hagens had received a letter from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Anatomy, the British government official responsible for regulating the educational use of cadavers. The letter warned von Hagens that performing a public autopsy would be a criminal act under section 11 of the Anatomy Act 1984. The show was attended by officer’s from the Police but they did not intervene and the dissection was performed in full
Director, Frances Ford Coppola. The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.